The triathlete from Granada wins for the second consecutive time in this long distance triathlon in a spectacular day of time
A large audience came up to Bajo Guía to see the transition from cycling to swimming and then move to Punta Malandar to see the end of the competition
The Seville Sergio Cruz and the grenadine Elena Aguilar have become today the victors in absolute category of the fifth edition of the Doñana Challenge, long distance triathlon that has been celebrated with the start of the Bajo Guía beach in Sanlúcar de Barrameda and the final in Punta de Malandar, after traveling 90 kilometers by bike, 1 km. of swimming at the mouth of the Guadalquivir and 30 kilometers of running on the beach on the shore of Doñana.
Sergio Cruz was imposed on the finish line with a final 4 time: 24: 23, followed by Juan Salvador Díaz in second position with 4: 24: 45 and then José Almagro in third position to complete the podium, with a time of 4: 27: 00. "Happy is how I feel. I achieved something that I did not expect because during the test I realized the hardness of the course and I thought I would not be able to finally reach the top positions. I did not have good feelings. Fortunately I have been finding better in the last stretch of the race and I have managed to get in first position, although with very little difference with Juan Salvador", Highlighted Sergio Cruz after finishing the competition.
For its part, Elena Aguilar has been the winner for the second consecutive time, after the eventful edition last year, Desafío Doñana, and commented that "I am very satisfied with my performance and, above all, because despite winning last year in my first experience in the Challenge I had the aftertaste that the test was finally a duathlon and wanted to see if it was able to repeat victory, but this time with the original format, with the three segments, and that's how it was. That's why I'm even happier than last year. "
Granada came in first position on the finish line with a time of 4: 53: 52, followed by Arrate Mintegui with 5: 03: 02 e Inmaculada Ruz in third final position with a time of 5: 43: 31. It is the second consecutive occasion that two Andalusians are the first classified in the absolute category of Doñana Challenge, after the one held at 2013.
In masculine relays the first classified was the team formed by Víctor Pérez-Abela, Camilo Puertas and Modesto Ricardo Álvarez, with a time of 4: 07: 17. In women's relays the first classified were Silvia Esquinas, Irene Cabrera and Mª Dolores Jiménez, who made a time of 5: 11: 23. And in mixed relays the winning team was formed by José Claudio Sánchez, Ana Ruz and Damián Vindel, with a time of 4: 20: 16.
The fifth edition of Desafío Doñana has been one of the editions with the most public following the competition and with more participation of athletes.
A total of 370 triathletes have taken part in the test, to which we should add the more than 150 boys and girls who were present at the Mini Challenge, the promotional aquatlon that was developed in parallel at Bajo Guía Beach.
We should also mention the more than 300 volunteers who collaborated selflessly one more year and without whom the test would not have been possible. From attending the refreshment points to helping the triathletes in the withdrawal of numbers or in the ceremony of delivery of medals and trophies. In addition there were also a large number of bikers who provided their service to the organization for the cycling segment and we must also highlight the collaboration of a large number of members of the Civil Guard of traffic and municipal police of the municipalities where the Challenge ran. .
One of the positive aspects of the day was the weather, which has accompanied the triathletes. After several days of rain and storm today has been a spectacular day, hot at many hours of the day, but that has allowed athletes to suffer less than they already do in itself by the hardness of the test. In addition, there was hardly any wind that affected the evolution of cycling and swimming, especially.
At the beginning of the test was the mayor of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Víctor Mora, who made the previous tape cut, along with the CEO of the Public Company for Tourism and Sports of Andalusia, José Francisco Pérez Moreno, and the President of the Andalusian Triathlon Federation, José María Merchán. The award ceremony was chaired by the General Director of Activities and Promotion of Sports, Rafael Granados.
The Doñana Challenge 2014 has been organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of the Junta de Andalucía with the technical support of the Andalusian Triathlon Federation, and with the collaboration of the municipalities of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Jerez, El Puerto de Santa María, Rota and Chipiona and the Doñana Natural Area.
It was also important the collaboration of other institutions such as the Port Authority or Doñana Natural Space, as well as private companies that opted for this test as Infisport, Powerade, Vodafone, Infex, Triatienda, Acquajet, GM Technology and QAPSADE.